Drakkar Klose

USA

Out
Injury Concussion
Est. Return 5/15/2021
Out with concussion, neck sprain
LightweightUFC
Out
April 17, 2021
Klose was diagnosed with a concussion and cervical neck sprain to cause the cancelation of Saturday's bout versus Jeremy Stephens, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Klose apparently suffered the injuries when he was pushed by Stephens at Friday's weigh-ins, leading to the cancelation of Friday's fight. UFC reportedly intends to rebook the matchup as soon as possible, but it's unclear how long Klose will be sidelined by the injuries.
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Fight called off due to injury
LightweightUFC
Out
April 17, 2021
Klose's fight against Jeremy Stephens was called off Saturday due to an undisclosed injury for Klose, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Stephens and Klose were supposed to serve as the co-main event. The nature and severity of Klose's injury are not yet clear. The UFC intends to rebook the pair as soon as possible, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
Booked vs. Jeremy Stephens
LightweightUFC
Out
February 25, 2021
Klose will fight Jeremy Stephens in a lightweight match at the UFC's April 17 event, Nolan King of USA Todayreports.
ANALYSIS
Klose had a scheduled fight against Luis Pena called off earlier February after a member of his corner tested positive for COVID-19, but he'll get to return in April. His opponent, Stephens, has lost four straight bouts.
Saturday's fight called off
LightweightUFC
Out
February 20, 2021
Klose won't be fighting Luis Pena at UFC Fight Night 185 on Feb. 20 after the bout was scrapped following a positive COVID-19 test from a member of Klose's corner, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
It was revealed Saturday afternoon that one of Klose's team members tested positive for COVID-19 which forced UFC officials to remove the bout from the card out of health and safety concerns for both sides. Klose will now have to quarantine and hopefully can receive another opportunity later in the year.
Gets new opponent
LightweightUFC
Out
February 10, 2021
Klose will now face Luis Pena in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 20, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Klose was initially slated to fight Jai Herbert (undisclosed), but he'll now face Pena on short notice after Herbert was removed from the upcoming card. Klose lost to Beneil Dariush via KO (punch) at UFC 248 in March of 2020. Pena will be returning from a suspension following a positive marijuana test. Pena most recently lost to Kharma Worthy via submission (Guillotine Choke) in June. Pena carries advantages in both height and reach.
Slated to fight in February
LightweightUFC
Out
December 12, 2020
Klose will take on Jai Herbert in a lightweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 20, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Klose hasn't fought since early March, when he lost to Beneil Dariush via KO (punch) at UFC 248. He appeared to be trending toward a win, but he struggled with defense during the loss. Herbert lost to Francisco Trinaldo via TKO (punches) during his UFC debut in July. Herbert has an advantage in height.